92-year-old World War II female pilot veteran flies Spitfire again after 70 years

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A WWII female pilot has flown to the skies again with her Spitfire at the age of 92. Joy gets behind the controls in this aircraft after long seven decades.

Joy Lofthouse gets to fly her favorite Spitfire again after seven decades; she is now 92.

Lofthouse is a veteran of the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII. Since then, she had never got behind the controls of this iconic plane nor flown other aircraft for the past seven decades. Now that she is 92, she flies with her favorite Spitfire and she said that it was "lovely, it was perfect," and this experience makes her feel quite young.
She first joined ATA in 1943 and they made significant contribution to the war. She was among the 164 female ATA pilots they were known as Attagirls. They were transporting planes for service between factories, maintenance units, front lines and all over Britain.

"In their hastily adapted uniforms - one even had her jacket tailored in Savile Row - they became the darlings of the air - and the unsung heroines of the Battle of Britain," as described by Mirror.

"They are often described as the forgotten army of women who broke through male-dominated barriers to pilot the aircraft - and to deliver them for service in the front line and they became known as the Attagirls," it added.

During the war, she had flewn with 18 different Royal Air Force aircraft, delivering them to airbases located in different parts of Britain.

But Lofthouse said that it was the Spitfire that brings back the fondest memories. She said: "I would never pass up the opportunity to fly one [again]."


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